Take a hike! No, really. Right here in the middle of the city. City Park's Couterie Forest contains acres of hiking trails through eight distinct ecosystems. This peaceful forest is a hotspot for birding, making it a top destination for birders visiting New Orleans. It is not uncommon to see 40+ species on a trip. Get away from the chaos of city life with a peaceful hike in this beautiful forest and the adjacent Scout Island trails.